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Kristen Stewart Is Forbes' Highest Earning Actress in Hollywood; Plus Diaz, Bullock, Jolie, Theron, Parker, Streep, Wiig & Aniston

Thanks to "Twilight" and "Snow White and the Huntsman," Kristen Stewart tops Forbes' list of Hollywood's highest earning actresses...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 20, 2012 12:37 PM
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Academy Announces Summer Long 'Last 70mm Film Festival'

As the film industry prepares to say good-bye--despite the efforts of celluloid holdout Christoher Nolan-- not only to Kodak but to film stock itself, the Academy is celebrating 70mm films all summer long with "The Last 70mm Film Festival." It will kick off at its Samuel Goldwyn Theater in Beverly Hills on July 9 with "It's a Mad, Mad, Mad, Mad World" and a reunion of its cast (including Mickey Rooney, Carl Reiner, Jonathan Winters, Stan Freberg and casting director Lyn Stalmaster). Check out the lineup below. More details will be available here.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 19, 2012 5:00 PM
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Academy Hires Jasmine Madatian To Supervise Publicity

The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences is bringing in publicity veteran Jasmine Madatian to replace Leslie Unger, who oversaw the massive media coverage of the Oscars until her resignation last November. What you need in that job is a powerfully organized and experienced traffic cop. Madatian is just that--during her stints in publicity and promotion at Disney, Paramount and Fox she was always a fiercely controlling, detail-oriented publicist, the kind of person who inspires both fear and respect.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 19, 2012 4:56 PM
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No Budget Film School Returns This August

Mark Stolaroff's nuts-and-bolts No Budget Film School class, "The Art & Science of No-Budget Filmmaking," is returning August 4-5 at Los Angeles' Raleigh Studios.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 19, 2012 4:45 PM
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Film Independent Names Fast Track Participants and Grants for LAFF Intensive

Film Independent has named nineteen filmmakers and nine projects for its 10th annual Fast Track program. The recipients were announced at the Alfred P. Sloan Foundation reception on June 18.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 19, 2012 2:44 PM
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First Look at Angelina Jolie as 'Maleficent'; Disney Kicks Off Production

On June 13 Angelina Jolie became "Maleficent" as Disney's retelling of the "Sleeping Beauty" tale began principal photography...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 19, 2012 11:41 AM
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'Wanted 2' Coming with Shocking Twist, Says Director Bekmambetov

How to write a sequel for a hit film that kills off its best characters? Even though Angelina Jolie said no to bringing her character back to life, Russian filmmaker Timur Bekmambetov has found a way for "Wanted." On the promo circuit for "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter," the director says that the sequel to the 2008 hit is moving forward.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 18, 2012 4:07 PM
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Sundance Institute Chooses Documentary Edit and Story Lab Participants

The Sundance Institute has chosen 24 fellows representing nine films to participate in the 2012 Documentary Edit and Story Labs taking place this June and July at the Sundance Resort in Utah. The nine-day labs bring rising filmmakers together with experienced editors and directors to assist and speed up the post-production process.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • June 18, 2012 4:03 PM
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New AFI Communications Exec Hails from K Street, Helped HBO's 'Veep'

What many in Hollywood don't know about the American Film Institute's new Communications vice-president Jennifer Hoelzer, who is moving from Washington, D.C. to start her new L.A. job on July 16--is that she was a primary source for HBO's comedy series "Veep." No wonder the show rings true.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • June 18, 2012 2:55 PM
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In the Works: Joe Cornish Attached to Adapt Neal Stephenson's Cyber Thriller 'Snow Crash'

Joe Cornish, director of last year's badass alien-invasion-social-problem hybrid "Attack the Block," is now attached to write and direct author Neal Stephenson's 1992 thriller "Snow Crash," which Time lists as one of the all-time best English-language novels since 1923. The novel has long been considered unfilmable.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 15, 2012 4:27 PM
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